Tuesday hearing ends civil action between Ramsey County and archdiocese

Plan was created to protect children

WCCO Radio Newsroom
January 28, 2020 - 5:45 am
Bernard Hebda



Officials in Ramsey County and the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis go to court Tuesday to mark the end of a nearly four-year civil case.

In 2016, Ramsey County prosecutor John Choi dropped criminal sexual abuse charges against the church.

The church was allowed to admit guilt and institute a plan, overseen by Choi's office, to ensure children's safety. 

Choi and Archbishop Bernerd Hebda are scheduled to attend the hearing. 

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Hebda was appointed by Pope Francis following the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt, 10 days after Ramsey County filed the charges.

As part of the settlement, leaders of the archdiocese appeared before a Ramsey County Court judge every six months to report on its progress.

Tuesday's hearing in downtown St. Paul is the final progress report, officially ending the settlement.


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